Kidepo Valley National Park is a most magnificent Wilderness Park where big game favorites such as Elephant,Giraffe,Zebra,Eland,Hartebeest, Lion, Hyena and Cheetah are in great.
numbers. Possiblly Africa’s largest single herd of Buffaloes roam the rolling grasslands that extend in all directions towards distant mountain ranges. In addition, many rare or absent species from other Ugandan protected areas, such as Aardworf, bat-eared foxes, Cheetah, striped Hyena and Ostrich are easily found here.
In the dry season, one can stroll along the 50 meter wide bed of white sand between the banks of the Kidepo River. The banks of the river are lined with Borassus palm trees.Being so isolated, hot and dry Kedepo Valley National Park, has few visitors and as such, provides a high degree of solitude. This wilderness park is dominated by Mount Morungole (2,750 meters) and is transected by the Kidepo and great Narus rivers. There are 77 mammal species and over 500 bird species in the park. Game viewing is conducted all year round, as well as birding, foot safaris and mountain climbing.
Kidepo Valley National Park is located in the Karamajo region of Northern Uganda, near the border of Sudan. The park is 1,442 square kilometers in size and borders Sudan in the north west and Kenya in the north east.
Much of the year, the game congregates along the Narus valley and as such is the best area of the park for game drives. Here animals can be viewed at close range without going off the many track circuits. Towards the Morungole mountain range to the north, the Katurum kopje provides superb views. 4 Wheel Drive vehicles are recommended in Kidepo Valley National Park, especially during the rainy season.
There are 3 particularly good areas for nature walks. First, the area around Apoka camp; here one can view elephants, Bulbus, zebras and reedbucks any time of day. Seondlym, at the eastern Kakine circuit, one can view animals at close range (50-70 meters) and is excellent for taking close-up photographs of the large variety of mammals and birds. Thirdly, the area along Rionomoe trail and around this hill one can see wildlife grazing on the lower side of the Narus valley.
If you are interested in getting to know more about the Karamajong lifestyle, cultures, dress style, dances and/or their primitive tools, then community walks are for you. Traditionally, the Karamajong have been cattle raiders and hunters but as time progresses, many are becoming more modernized. Teaching the values of Conservation is a huge focus with the Karamajong.
A few kilometers north of Apoka, the Morungole range rise from the plains. This is the highest peak in Kidepo Valley National Park, at 2,749 meters. Ranger escorted guided hikes allow exploration of the mountains.
Kidepo River Sand:
Found in the northern part of the park, the Kidepo River is an intermittent sand river. The banks are lined with Borassus palm trees, giving it an oasis appearance. Especially during the dry season, viewing the sand bed of Kidepo River can be most interesting. This is particularly a good spot to view so many of the bird species, and listening to their bird calls.
The experienced guides in the Park are a terrific source of information on where the multitude of bird species are at different times of the day. With 500 bird species, this can be a full-time activity for many visitors.
There are 4 alternative access points to Kidepo Valley National Park.
1) 705 kms from Kampala via Lira, Kotido, Kaabong and Kidepo.
2) 740 kms from Kampala via Mbale, Soroti, Moroto, Kotido, Kaabong and finally Kidepo.
3) 780 kms from Kampala via Mbale, Soroti, Matany, Kotido, Kaabong and Kidepo.
4) 571 kms, from Kampala through Gulu, Kitgum and then Kidepo. Access to this park will require a sturdy 4 wheel drive vehicle, especially in the wet seasons
Foreign Non-Residents: $40 US Adults, $20 US Children.
Foreign Residents: $30 US Adults, $10 Children.
Vehicle Fees: Saloon Cars $10 US, Minibuses $15 US, and 4 WD vehicles $15 US